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Amazon’s grocery store of the future opens today: no cashiers, no registers, and no lines (AMZN)

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Amazon is breaking into physical retail in a new way.

Amazon’s checkout-free grocery store opens in Seattle on Monday. 

The online retail giant first started testing its grocery store with employees in December 2016, when it also revealed its vision for a store without cashiers. 

The store, called Amazon Go, doesn’t work like a typical Walmart or supermarket — instead, it’s designed so that shoppers will use an app, also called Amazon Go, to automatically add the products they plan to buy to a digital shopping cart; they can then walk out of the building without waiting in a checkout line.

The store opening monday is 1800-square-feet, according to Reuters, and it’s located in an Amazon office building. 

The idea is that Amazon’s machine-learning technology can automatically identify when a product is added to your cart, so you don’t have to do it yourself. When you leave the store, Amazon automatically charges your Amazon account.

The stores will sell ready-made food, staples like bread and milk, and other grocery products. Amazon says its stores are about 1,800 square feet, so they are relatively small compared with big supermarkets.

Amazon internal plans show it could build 2,000 grocery stores across the US in the next decade, Business Insider previously reported.

Here is what Amazon says it will be like to shop in one:

SEE ALSO: Amazon is doubling down on retail stores with plans to have up to 100 pop-up stores in US shopping malls

SEE ALSO: Internal Amazon documents reveal a vision of up to 2,000 grocery stores across the US

Amazon Go sells prepared foods and other grocery staples.

Everyone who shops needs an Amazon Go app. You scan a QR code when you walk in.

You scan the app on a futuristic turnstile when you enter the store.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Contra la histeria frente a la robotización: “Todas las tecnologías crean desempleo y luego permiten un salto adelante”

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Carlota Perez es una de las expertas sobre tecnología más optimistas que hay en estos momentos. Es profesora visitante de Desarrollo Internacional en el London School of Economics, profesora de tecnología y desarrollo socioeconómico en la Universidad de Tecnología de Tallin y profesora honoraria en varias universidades.

Donde muchos ven la actual revolución tecnológica como un generador de desempleo y problemas sociales, Carlota es capaz de ver, a través de los patrones que han dejado las anteriores revoluciones tecnológicas, un futuro claro y prometedor.

En esta entrevista comentamos los argumentos expuestos en su libro “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages” donde expone ampliamente su teoría. Conversamos sobre cómo es el presente negro, de crisis, que está generando la tecnología pero también sobre cómo puede ser el futuro dorado.

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13 affordable heart rate monitors: how to track your beats per minute on a budget

Update: There are more heart rate monitors to choose from than ever, so we've added six new affordable entries to this list. It's also TechRadar's Fitness Week where we talk you through the tech you need to keep improving your health.

How fast the old ticker beats is a great indicator of how healthy you are, especially when you're resting. In fact, there's plenty of evidence to show that general good health is associated with a low resting heart rate (HR), which is why HR tracking is fast becoming the gold standard for fitness wearables. And consumers are currently spoiled for choice.

The advantage of HR-based activity monitors is that they help you incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine, which has the knock-on effect of lowering your resting heart rate over time.

Keep reading to discover which wearables offer the best way to stay motivated and achieve your HR goal in quick-fast time.

Note: we've ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.

Decent heart rate tracking technology doesn't have to be pricey, as evidenced by Letsfit's compact offering, which somehow manages to pack in the full gamut of now-typical tracker features.

The soft rubber strap has a stud that fastens securely through the molded holes, while the tracker itself can be removed from the band for easy charging via the hidden USB port. You can swipe on the OLED touchscreen to view and select the various functions, like real-time heart rate monitoring, pedometer, calories burned, time and date, and discreet push notifications.

The band also does sleep quality monitoring and offers a remote control function for your iPhone's camera, which is a neat touch at this price. Add to that the seven-day battery, and the LetsFit really exceeds expectations.

Withings may have been rebranded Nokia recently, but some of its earlier products can still be found online at knockdown prices, like this casual-wear Withings Pulse Ox tracker with heart rate and blood oxygen level sensors.

Steps, elevation, distance, running, calories burned, and sleep quality are all metrics recorded by this device, which can be worn on the wrist using the adjustable band or affixed to the waist or pocket with the supplied clip.

Unfortunately, the heart rate and blood oxygen level readings aren't continually taken when you're wearing the Pulse – you have to take it off and place your finger purposefully on the sensor located on the rear of the device. It isn't waterproof either, so be sure to take it off before you step into the shower.

Smartphone maker Huawei has a habit of packing in lots of tech at an affordable price, and that certainly extends to its Band 2 Pro wrist-based wearable.

The band offers accurate GPS and HR tracking on top of the usual metrics, and even utilizes the heart rate sensors to serve up a comprehensive sleep quality readout when you wake up.

Unlike some budget trackers, the Band 2 Pro even packs in a touchscreen display, offering you an at-a-glance view of your running routes and distance covered. Granted it looks a bit dim in sunlight, and you can't replace the strap with anything snazzier, but at this price, it's hard to complain.

Wahoo Tickr X

Despite the marketing spiel of wrist-based heart-rate monitors, nothing beats a HRM chest strap for accuracy, especially if your training regime involves irregular movement (think HIIT workouts involving various exercises in quick succession).

The Tickr X meets these challenges and then some – offering motion analytics and real-time data through its wide compatibility with fitness apps like Nike+ Running and MapMyFitness.

The Bluetooth waterproof tracker on the strap is a plastic pebble that houses a battery which lasts around 12 months, and features vibration alerts and two LEDs to display wireless connection and HR detection.

The strap also tracks calories burned as well as running analytics including cadence and ground contact time that can be synced after your workout. On first wear it feels weird, but it’s so light that after a few minutes you don’t even notice it. Reasonably priced, discreet, insightful – what’s not to like?

Jabra Sport Pulse

The Jabra Sport Pulse headphones track your heart-rate from inside your ear, because science! Basically, the HRM and oxygen consumption tech is packed into the left earbud, where a light sensor reads off the small blood vessels close to the skin surface in your lug and sends it to the Jabra mobile app.

Behind the right bud meanwhile is a USB charging port, with a single charge providing 4.5 to 5 hours' use – not great, but not terrible considering the tech it's powering.

The short cord on these wireless Bluetooth buds sits comfortably behind your neck, and the included clip keeps it raised to prevent it from swinging, while the conveniently placed inline remote offers volume and music playback controls.

Audio-wise, the buds pipe through the soundtrack to your run with punchy clarity, and their noise isolation is pretty decent too.

You've probably heard of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It's taken the fitness world by storm, and for good reason. HIIT is scientifically proven to burn more fat in less time than the average gym session, but it demands all-out effort via a series of quick and intense bursts to keep your heart rate up.

That philosophy is central to Moov – an AI-powered training app that coaches you in real-time through HIIT workouts as your heart-rate is recorded via the company's super-accurate Moov HR Burn chest band or HR Sweat headband, both of which connect via Bluetooth.

The HR Sweat is comfy during wear (the strap is adjustable) and easy to pair with the mobile app, which offers a great selection of bodyweight exercise circuits with video demonstrations, as well as indoor/outdoor cycling and running sessions with options for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Custom.

Mio Fuse

Mio was one of the first brands to offer wrist-based HRM and has an impressive track record when it comes to heart monitor accuracy. That reputation continues with the Mio Fuse, which might not be pretty, but offers comfort and security in spades, especially once you've got a sweat on.

The LED screen lies behind a loop of black silicone and displays your stats when tapped. A press-and-hold starts activity tracking, and the LEDs can also show time, goal percentage, steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned.

The band can track sleep too, and gives you a resting heart-rate reading when you wake. Apart from all-day activity you can record specific workouts for detailed stats, but there's no categories to work from. Still, that's the attraction with the Fuse – it keeps things simple and does what it does well.

Polar A360

The waterproof Polar A360 is a comfy silicone band with an oblong watch face and a big old touchscreen LCD. The A360 measures heart rate during specific exercises as well as on demand, and offers typical activity stats like step count, distance travelled and calories burned, alongside the progress to your pre-specified goal.

Stats and times are displayed boldly across the screen, especially the pulse changes across heart rate zones, and notifications can be routed from your phone with a discreet vibration of the band.

A micro USB port sits under the band beneath a flap that's a faff when it comes to charge, but once you've worn the A360 and gazed at that screen, you'll be eager to wear it again as soon as possible.

Garmin Vivosmart

The chunky yet sleek Vivosmart HR has a five-day battery life and shares the same heart rate monitor tech as the company's flagship Forerunner 235, offering all-day HR tracking, resting rate, and workout presets via its touchscreen LCD, which shows the time, all the time, making it a decent watch replacement, too.

The band also supports phone-forwarded notifications, delivering a buzz as it shows the message on the screen.

The Vivosmart packs an altimeter to track stairs climbed, and gives you distance in steps as well as a record of your sleep patterns. It also makes a point of letting you know how sedentary you are, tracking your stillness by negatively affecting your motion stat – a smart way of keeping you challenged and moving.

All your analytics can be viewed in the accompanying Garmin Connect app, whose options and graphs are legion. If you like your metrics broken down and delivered to your brain in every possible way, look no further than the Garmin app. Just be ready to learn the mental gymnastics.

It's clear from the off that the TomTom Spark targets runners, cyclists and gym enthusiasts who prefer to leave their phones at home. Aside from built-in GPS and heart rate monitoring, this rubbery addition to your wrist also offers built-in music playback and support for Bluetooth headphones.

Odd as it may seem at first, the Spark doesn't use a touchscreen and all control is done by a four-way button under the display. That sounds awful in theory, but in practice it's a refreshingly simple way to get to the functions and stats you want while you’re on the move, thanks to the well-designed menus on the monochrome display.

The TomTom app tracks running, cycling, swimming, treadmill, gym workouts, indoor cycling (with a cadence sensor) and open training, while the device provides five hours' worth of GPS tracking along with five days of battery life on one charge. The design won't be for everyone, but in terms of accuracy, the Spark lives up to its promise.

LifeTrak Zone

The comfy R420 band is another HRM wearable that doesn't try too hard to do everything, and lives up to its straightforward promises running off a replaceable watch battery – a rarity for heart trackers.

Heart-rate accuracy is on par with the big hitters on the market, although it needs to be paired with a Bluetooth chest strap to show a continuous reading.

On its own, you can place your middle finger on the crown for an immediate recording, and set your activity goals and clock options using the smaller buttons either side.

Readings for sleep, calorie count and distance covered don't seem out of kilter with the competition, plus the included app is well presented and simple to use. If you're comfortable operating a retro Casio watch, this one's a no brainer.

In many ways, Fitbit defined the HR wearable category and has been refining its line-up ever since.

The Fitbit Alta HR is the resolutely minimalist offering in the company's range, and while it lacks some of the features of modern smartwatches, its super slim design means it's easy to fit into your style for all-day wear.

On top of real-time HR tracking, its sleek array of discreet sensors will record how many steps you take, how far you walk, the number of calories you burn, and the time you spend active, with all of this data synced to the excellent Fitbit app.

The band can even buzz you with phone notifications that show up on the OLED strip display.

Spree SmartCap

Three parts make up the Spree. The cap houses a headband and inside that sits a small monitor which sits on the middle of your head. (You can wear the band on its own, but it's going to turn heads for all the wrong reasons.)

The included app uses your phone's GPS to track distance and map routes. In fact, the in-app stats are pretty detailed and offer a handful of training regimes to test yourself against.

Body temperature is also added to the analytics, which Spree claims makes for a more precise calorie count since the monitor knows when you're warmed up and if you're properly hydrated.

As long as you don't mess with the cap's placement, its HRM accuracy is fine. But if you're a fidgeter by nature and crave tracking consistency, you might want to pass this one up.

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Google has conquered American classrooms — now Microsoft is striking back with cheap PCs and a Minecraft upgrade (MSFT, GOOGL, GOOG)

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  • While Microsoft dominates the global market for classroom PCs, Google Chrome OS rules the roost in the United States. 
  • Microsoft is teaming up with partners including Lenovo to bring a new line of cheap, sub-$300 PCs to market, to take on Google’s low-cost Chromebooks. 
  • Microsoft says that a Windows PC is more capable than a Chromebook — Windows 10 lets you run software like Minecraft or the full version of Microsoft Office. 
  • Minecraft is getting a new chemistry module for students. 

Google has all but captured the market for American classrooms — analyst firm Futuresource estimates that in the third quarter of 2017, Google’s low-cost Chromebooks accounted for 59.8% of the laptop market for K-12 education, compared to Microsoft Windows devices’ 22.3% share.

But Microsoft would be quick to remind you that this doesn’t tell the whole story: That 22.3% share is up from 18.4% the quarter before, and Microsoft says, up 4% from the same period in 2016. And, worldwide, Windows still reigns supreme: In that same third quarter of 2017, Windows accounted for 66.5% of global K-12 classroom PC shipments.

Now, Microsoft is striking back against Google’s domestic dominance, with a series of announcements designed to make Windows PCs, Microsoft Office 365, and even the Minecraft video game sensation more appealing for education customers at home and abroad.

Chief among those announcements: New laptops for the classroom, priced between $189 and $299, manufactured by partners Lenovo and JP. These laptops will run Windows 10 S, a version of the operating system streamlined for better battery life and performance — at the big tradeoff of only being able to install apps from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Corporate VP Yusuf Mehdi tells Business Insider that Microsoft is trying to undercut the price advantage of Chromebooks, which often sell for under $299. But because these PCs can run the full versions of Windows software, including Microsoft Office and Minecraft, they offer “none of the compromises of a Chromebook.”

Mehdi gives Google credit where he believes credit is due: He says that Chromebooks didn’t actually steal any marketshare away from Microsoft, per se; Google just discovered a previously-unmet demand for low-priced laptops and “made it affordable to have a computer in the classroom.” And although Apple has had a strong business in schools, but its products are much more expensive.

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Now, says Mehdi, the burden is on Microsoft to go out and prove that a Windows machine is more capable than a Chromebook of the same price. Many of the low-cost Windows devices announced on Monday will boast touchscreens and stylus support. Some, will even be compatible with certain virtual reality headsets, a feature schools love, Mehdi adds.

Beyond the hardware, Mehdi highlights updates to the software in the Office 365 for Education suite. For instance, the Microsoft Teams chat tool is getting an iOS and Android app for education users. And Minecraft: Education Edition, which is already widely used to teach programming, is getting a chemistry module for students to perform science experiments in the safety of the virtual world. 

According to Futuresource, the time could be right for Microsoft, too: Many schools bought their Chromebooks for students in 2014 and 2015, meaning that they could be looking to do a wide-scale replacement in 2018. That’s an opportunity for Microsoft to convince them to switch to Windows — an opportunity he says the company doesn’t intend to squander.

“We finally feel like we have a strong value proposition,” says Mehdi.

SEE ALSO: How getting kids to build pink furry buildings is a key part of Microsoft’s $2.5 billion bet on Minecraft

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Flipkart Republic Day Sale 2018: Best deals and offers on laptops

Flipkart is hosting a Republic Day Sale and is offering some good deals on notebooks. The sale began on Monday and will go on till January 23. Below we have covered some of the best deals on laptops.

Flipkart is also offering attractive no-cost EMIs on all various products across its catalogue.

Best deals on laptops

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TouchRetouch elimina fácilmente los cualquier cosa en tus fotografías

¿Quién no ha tomado una fotografía y ha pensado después en lo bonita que habría quedado si ese objeto indeseable no estuviera en medio del plano? Pues eso exactamente es lo que estaban pensando los desarrollares de TouchRetouch mientras programaban la aplicación, tal cual como te lo estamos contando.

TouchRetouch es un avanzado editor de fotografía que sin embargo está pensado para cualquier tipo de usuario. Podrás eliminar de un sólo plumazo cualquier contenido dentro de tu fotografía, una aplicación sencilla de utilizar que te presentamos en Actualidad iPhone, vamos a ver en qué consiste.

Desde luego que la aplicación hemos podido observar que es fácil de utilizar, es decir, vas a obtener resultados buenísimos sin necesidad de tener conocimientos avanzados, es su verdadera cualidad, así la venden desde Adva-Soft:

Haz que los objetos no deseados desaparezcan ante tu ojos con sólo marcarlos.
Con la herramienta Eliminación de Puntos, puedes tocar cualquier pequeña imperfección una vez para eliminarlo para siempre.

Marca solo una sección de una línea para eliminarla completamente; no necesitas ser preciso, la app encontrará la línea. 

Podrás eliminar casi cualquier tipo de contenido así como a las personas que se cuelan en tu fotografía y no los quieres ahí. Del mismo modo, cuenta con diversos correctores de efectos, difuminados e imperfecciones. Nos va a permitir dejar la foto lo más natural posible pero con resultados de estudio. Sin duda esta aplicación puede ser un compañero perfecto para tus publicaciones en lugares como Instagram.

En este caso nos encontramos ante una aplicación de pago, cuesta 2,29 euros, pesa 24,2MB y es compatible con cualquier dispositivo (iPhone, iPad o iPod) que esté ejecutando una versión de iOS igual o superior a iOS 9.0. Sin duda alguna nos encontramos ante uno de los mayores logros en edición fotográfica de la App Store que ha obtenido 4,8 puntos sobre 5.

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The best iPhone 6 deals in January 2018

It may be three years old (doesn't time fly!) and attention is now much more focused on the new iPhone X, but the iPhone 6 is an excellent alternative to costly iPhone 8 deals. So if your contract is up, you're ready to upgrade, want an Apple handset but also want to keep your spending down, then the iPhone 6 is well worth a look.

And you need look no further, because we've done all the research for you! We've rounded up the UK's best contract deals for Apple's iPhone 6. The good news is that the price of the iPhone 6 has fallen through the floor. Now with plenty of deals under £20 a month, there's never been a better time to pick up this still-fantastic phone.

With the deals you can grab in our comparison chart below, you can fill your boots with unlimited texts and minutes, as well as a healthy slug of data. Buy buy BUY!

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The UK's top 5 best iPhone 6 deals

It may be three years old, but the iPhone 6 has aged admirably. And the mature age also means the prices are fantastic. We've sorted through the finest iPhone 6 deals from EE, O2, Vodafone and Three to narrow down the best five plans available today.

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Unlike more recent entries in the iPhone ouevre, Apple made a genuine leap forward from the iPhone 5S with its successor. The iPhone 6 remains one of the best phones Apple has ever created or, indeed, ever created by any manufacturer. At the time of release, its faster CPU, better graphics and slicker interface really made it seem worth the high price – so now it's a bonafide bargain!

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